Since the end of 2012 ‘buren’ is a collaborative project of Oshin Albrecht (BE, 1986) and Melissa Mabesoone (BE, 1988), both based in Ghent (BE).
Oshin Albrecht is a visual artist who started her practice studying painting at Sint-Lucas, LUCA-arts in Ghent. Later on she went to a.pass, advanced performance and scenography studies in Brussels. She had the oppurtunity to work as a performer during the exhibition ‘All the knives’ at Z33 (November ‘12 – February ‘13) and was a solo performer in the film ‘A Way of Making’ by Frederique Bergholz (If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution) and Maria Pask. The film was shown in Ellen De Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, januari 2013.
After a year of studying philosophy, Melissa Mabesoone went on to become a Master in Graphic Arts at KASK, Ghent (Belgium). Autumn 2012 she moved to Amsterdam were she got in touch with Kunstverein Amsterdam (founded by Maxine Kopsa and Krist Gruijthuijsen) and worked there for 3 months. In 2014 she was an actress in Davis Freeman’s ‘Fathers and sons’, which was presented in Monty, Antwerp. In june 2015 she performed for Peter Aers ‘Everything Depends On How a Thing is Thought – Against interpretation’. July 2015 she acted in Assaf Gruber’s The Anonimity of the night – The Guardroom.
Their first performance ‘buren by buren’ (2013) was created within the framework of Les Laboréales and was presented at Maison Folie, Mons (BE), La Bellone, Brussels (BE), Buda, Kortrijk (BE) and S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE). In November 2015 it will be performed again at Z33, Hasselt (BE). Their second performance ‘Have you rearranged the flowers?’ (2014) was shown in amongst others Les Atelier Claus, Brussels (BE), Greylight Projects, Brussels (BE) and Arti & Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL). Buren’s first solo exhibition ‘The room in the middle is a garden’was presented in Galerie Am Polylog, Wörgl (AT). They were residents at ‘BijlmAIR’, Amsterdam (NL) and are currently working on a new project ‘PARADE/PROMENADE’ during residencies at Croxhapox, Ghent (BE), Vooruit, Ghent (BE) and Bains Connective, Brussels (BE). In January 2016 they started as a duo at HISK, Ghent (BE).
Since they they created, amongst others, the salon ‘To Care as Caress’ with Peter Aers at Vrijstaat O.
This summer they will continue working on PARADE/PROMENADE at Netwerk Aalst.